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Data from a 1972 visitor survey in the Desolation Wilderness to determine baseline visitor characteristics, and preferences for wilderness conditions and experience

This package contains baseline data for visitor characteristics, activities and preferences collected as part of a 1972 survey of visitors to the Desolation Wilderness in the Sierra Nevada of northern California. Permit data and mailback surveys were used to provide the data from a systematic sample of visitors with the required use permit (permit holders). Questions asked of respondents in the mailback survey pertained to visitor characteristics (e.g., education, occupation), activities (e.g., length of stay, method of travel), and preferences (e.g., satisfaction, attitudes toward conditions).

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Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((-120.295554 39.030983, -120.068655 39.030983, -120.068655 38.812424, -120.295554 38.812424))
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
The Desolation Wilderness is located in the Sierra Nevada of northern California, close to Lake Tahoe. Desolation has received heavy use for many decades. The Desolation is 63,475 acres; in 1986, use was estimated at 227,500 recreation visitor days (RVDs)
Forest Service Research Data Archive
Temporal Coverage
January 1, 1972 to December 31, 1972
Contact Name
Watson, Alan
Contact Email
Public Access Level
Program Code
005:059 - Department of Agriculture - Management Activities
Bureau Code
005:96 - Forest Service
Harvested from Forest Service
Harvest Source TitleForest Service
Harvest Source URIhttps://www.fs.usda.gov/rds/rdaoaipmh/o
Last Harvest PerformedSat, 01/18/2020 - 15:18

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U.S. Forest Service